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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #33987

Hello everyone,

Can I prune new growth before it has hardened off?

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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #33991

Sure. Just make sure you prune for the right reason. Noot all trees need pruning all the time..
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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #33994

Thank you Leather back. It's a Larch and I pruned it at the end of March and it really grew out a lot and was looking like a bush. I just started less than a year ago and have purchased all the courses Bonsai Empire offer and am focusing right now on the fundamental course, mostly the horticulture side right now. I need to learn to keep them alive and want to put my energy into watering, fertalizing, and pest control mainly, but also dabble in the pruning and wiring ( i.e. Design)!

Thanks again :)
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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #34016

With a larch pinching the tips out will promote back budding, creating greater volume instead of being long and spindly. Nigel Saunders on you tube has some good videos on the subject.
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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #34017

ColinW wrote: With a larch pinching the tips out will promote back budding,

This is the first time I hear someone claim Larch does backbudding in any reliable form. As far as I know, larch does not backbud, except for here and there a bud over several years.
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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #34019

I apologize if my information is incorrect. I was told that young growth will if it hasn't hardened off. That's why I said pinch the tips out. But as I said I do apologize if I'm passing on wrong information
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pruning 1 year 4 months ago #34028

ColinW wrote: I apologize if my information is incorrect. I was told that young growth will if it hasn't hardened off. That's why I said pinch the tips out. But as I said I do apologize if I'm passing on wrong information


OK, this I would not refer to as backbudding. For me (!?) backbudding is when buds appear on old wood. I do pinch growth three, four times a season to stimulate bud formation at the base of young shoots.
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